'''The American Society of Genealogists''' is the scholarly honorary society of the genealogy|genealogical
field. Founded by John Insley Coddington, Arthur Adams, and Meredith B. Colket, Jr., in December 1940, its membership is limited to 50 living fellows. ASG publishes ''The Genealogist
'', a scholarly journal of genealogical research semi-annually since 1980.
In a time when genealogy was frequently viewed as the realm of eccentric dilettantes, the founders of ASG were leaders advocating more rigorous research standards. This included using original sources whenever possible and documenting the source of information. Donald Lines Jacobus
noted in 1960 that a new school had developed in American genealogy circles about 1930. That movement, according to the late Milton Rubincam
, "wrote accounts of specific families, documented and referenced: they showed by example how problems should be solved, what sources should be used, and how records should be...